To celebrate the conclusion of another baseball season, we here at Indians Prospect Insider have decided to give out our picks for the major awards. In the coming days, IPI will be rolling out our picks for AL/NL MVP, Most Valuable Indian, and Least Valuable Indian.
IPI writers Charlie Adams, Jeff Ellis, Tony Lastoria, Sean Mahon, Adam McGavin, Stephanie Metzger, Steve Orbanek, Jim Pete, Andrew Zajac, and yours truly all voted on these awards. Not all of them supplied write-ups, but those who did are listed below.
The AL MVP may be the award race with the most discussion and vitriol, but if it were not for the Mike Trout-Miguel Cabrera-Triple Crown-mess, the NL Cy Young award could be the most contested award. There is no clear-cut winner here and there are as many as seven names that could get a first place vote in real life.
Breaking down the race is no small task. Plenty of people are supporting Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who had the most wins in the National League (21), the best FIP (2.82), was second in fWAR (5.4), and tied for fourth in strikeouts (207). Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw has a similar profile, finishing with the best ERA among qualified starters (2.53), the highest fWAR (5.5), and coming in second in FIP (2.89), innings pitched (227.2), and strikeouts (229). Kershaw is hurt is in the wins category, as he only accumulated 14 compared to 21 in 2011. Read More…
From Indians Prospect Insider, October 9, 2012